Bearwood & Merley Team

David Brown - Councillor for Bearwood & Merley

Councillor David Brown has lived in Bearwood and Merley for over 25 years. He was first elected to represent the Merley & Bearwood ward in 2007 and has been re-elected in 2011 and 2015. David is a graduate of Bournemouth University and following a successful career in the local Financial Services industry, he now dedicates his time to working for the local community through his involvement in many charity and community projects. He works voluntarily as a Trustee and Chairman of Kinson Community Centre, a Trustee and Vice Chairman of Bearwood Community Centre, and a committee member of Bearwood Social Club. David was an approved foster carer for Poole Council for many years and has fostered over 50 children and teenagers. He is also a member of the Dorset Police and Crime Panel overseeing the work of Dorset Police.

Tel: 07729 524570   Email: [email protected]

Richard Burton - Councillor for Bearwood & Merley

Richard has lived locally since his first teaching job back in 1986, he has since lived in Merley for 22 years with his wife, daughter and dog Lexi. Richard was first elected to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Unitary Council in 2019. He taught at many local schools and risen to Head of Science and Head of Year. Richard is passionate about environmental issues and plays a leading role in Merley Win on Waste. Since retiring, Richard has been an active member of the local community as a coordinator for the Merley Neighbourhood Watch and an Ambassador for the local charity Ideas2Action. When not out and about walking his dog, Richard enjoys cycling, tending to his allotment, brewing craft beer and an eclectic mixture of music.

Tel: 07786 806863   Email: [email protected]

Marcus Andrews - Councillor for Bearwood & Merley

Married to Sally, Marcus has lived in Merley for 18 years and his step-daughter and twin daughters have attended local schools. Marcus is a Chartered surveyor dealing with commercial property helping Merley shop tenants since the early 1980’s. Having worked for a local firm of estate agents since leaving school, he is now one of their Directors. Marcus lived in Bournemouth for several years and twice stood for the Lib Dems there. Marcus served previously as Christchurch's first ever Lib Dem councillor in the 90s and was first elected to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Unitary Council in 2019. Out of work Marcus enjoys among other things, supporting AFC Bournemouth.

Tel: 07776 237874    Email: [email protected]